Hedychium Telstar 4 is a recent hybrid hardy ginger producing tall fairly narrow stems with deep green slender leaves. Hedychium Telstar 4 is proving popular due it's speed of growth, up to 1.50cm high, and the abundant delicate salmon pink flowerheads up to 15cm long produced from late August onwards. For best results plant in a sunny position in a fertile free draining soil. Don't worry if your garden soil is poor just make sure you add plenty of good organic compost when preparing the planting spot.
As with most hardy gingers once the foliage has been frosted I recommend cutting the stems back to 30cm then mulching the base of the plant with 15cm with good organic compost. In cold areas I would do the prevous and then add a layer of staw which I'd then cover with a large up turned terracota or clay pot to keep the winter frosts and wet away from the dormant rhizomes.
As with all hardy or temperate gingers they all make wonderful container plants. In really cold areas this is perhaps the best way to cultivate them as they can easily be moved in winter to a frost free location such as a shed or garage to prevent the roots from freezing. A small tip, if you give them regular fortnightly feeds with a tomato fertiliser during the growing period you should be rewarded by mutiple flowers from late summer right through to late autumn.
- Position: Full sun to part sun
- Soil: Most soils
- Eventual Size: Up to 1.5 metres
- Habit: upright, slender
- Foliage: Jungly
- Common Names: Telstar 4 Ginger
- Flower Colour: Salmon pink
For gingers grown in open ground, we recommend a thick layer of mulch to help reduce frost penetration. Planting gingers into raised beds with good drainage or incorporating some extra drainage into the soil when planting can overcome the problem of winter wetness. General fertilizer can be used as gingers are heavy feeders and when in growth feeding and watering can be critical to keep your ginger looking good and healthy. We would recommend adding organic matter each year and liquid feeding seaweed extract fortnightly during the growing period (also good for your home grown veg!).
For northern regions of the UK, other than the warmer coastal areas, the hardier gingers should be sited in full sun, with a deep mulch in the autumn, with the less hardy varieties being brought in for the winter. For southern areas, most varieties can be planted out in full sun through to full shade, with a good winter mulch.
Most ginger can also happily be grown in a container if your garden is on the cold side this is a good option it also allows you to bring the plant indoors prolonging the growingand flowering period. We use a good quality multipurpose compost with a little John Innes Number 3 added. Feed during the growing period with seaweed fertilizer.
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